west·​bound | \ ˈwes(t)-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce westbound (audio) \

Definition of westbound

: traveling or heading west

Examples of westbound in a Sentence

Traffic in the westbound lane is backing up.

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The closure on the westbound side won’t begin until 9 a.m., at the end of rush hour. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Lane closures to begin Wednesday on I-90 east of downtown Cleveland until mid-November," 10 Sep. 2019 Two trucks rolled over on the westbound side while four rolled over on the eastbound side, DPS said Wednesday evening. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Man killed after strong winds blow over 6 big rigs along Interstate 10," 5 Sep. 2019 California Highway Patrol officers raced to the scene, looking for anyone clinging to the bridge railing on the westbound side, just east of Fremont Street. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "Calls about a man dangling from the Bay Bridge prompts five-lane closure at rush hour," 22 Aug. 2019 Until then, that section of U.S. 36 will continue to have two lanes in each direction sharing space on the westbound side, which CDOT says remains stable. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "U.S. 36 collapse: CDOT sets timeline for highway fix as rebuilding effort begins," 14 Aug. 2019 The motorcycle officer and a CHP cruiser had stopped near the center divider to help a motorist whose vehicle had broken down on the westbound side of Interstate 8 just east of West Main Street about 9:30 p.m., said CHP Officer Travis Garrow. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "CHP motorcycle officer injured in crash with suspected DUI driver in El Cajon," 28 June 2019 Crews installed concrete barriers on the westbound side of the bridge in order to open a lane of traffic in each direction in December. Hanna Krueger, nola.com, "Sunshine Bridge closed the both directions after tugboat crash," 16 June 2019 The Interstate 595 Express Lanes will operate in the westbound direction until Hurricane Dorian has passed. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County airports to stop flights Monday; tolls lifted on some Florida roads," 2 Sep. 2019 Drivers can use the Chambers Road exit (Exit 283) and return to the westbound direction of I-70, CDOT said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Overnight closures for I-225 on-ramp in Aurora begin next week," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of westbound

1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of westbound

: going toward the west


west·​bound | \ ˈwest-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce westbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of westbound

: going west a westbound train

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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